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Hood River: Guided Winery Tour with Tastings and Lunch

1. Hood River: Guided Winery Tour with Tastings and Lunch

Experience a wine tasting tour on the west side of the Hood River Fruit Loop known as Oak Grove. This all-inclusive experience includes lunch, tastings, and access to private vineyards to experience via bike. This tour is the perfect blend for first-time barrelers, and groups who have varying preferences in wine and modes of transportation. Taste the flavors of the Hood River as you sample locally produced wines and access private vineyards. Admire the scenery of the area including breathtaking views of both Mount Adams and Mount Hood, vast orchards, vineyards, and historic sites. Explore the surroundings by bike, taste local products, and meet the people involved. There's also an optional stop at a pick-your-own farm. Locally sourced artisanal lunch is included and can be catered to your preferences and allergy requirements. Return for hotel drop-off in Hood River.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

2. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour

Explore the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood National Forest on board a luxury passenger van. Enjoy picturesque Pacific Northwest scenery on well-maintained trails with an expert guide. Depart from downtown Portland and drive towards Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. Enjoy the journey along the Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States. Arrive at Crown Point Vista House, an overlook that sits high above the Columbia River. From here, go deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area to the first waterfall for the day, the dramatic Latourell Falls. This waterfall plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short walk will take you closer to the falls. Proceed next to the grand Multnomah Falls, which plummets to the ground from 620 feet in two major steps. Explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge and stand on the easily accessible viewing platform that offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond. Next up is Hood River, known as the "Windsurfing Capital of the World", where you can explore and grab some lunch. After, set out heading south, through the Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms. If time permits, you may even make a brief stop at one of the farm stands. Then, climb about 6,000 feet in elevation to Timberline Lodge. This National Historic Landmark sits proudly against Oregon’s highest peak, Mount Hood. Take a walking tour at the lodge and enjoy the Cascade Mountain Range views from the lodge’s patios, before a relaxing journey back to Portland.

From Portland: Mt Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge

3. From Portland: Mt Hood, Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge

Travel east of Portland through the verdant landscape of Willamette Valley, known for its hazelnuts, berries, Christmas trees, and Pinot Noir. Stop at a donut shop in the town of Sandy for coffee and morning treats before beginning your ascent of Mount Hood, the highest summit in Oregon. Spend the next hour at the historic Timberline Lodge and enjoy 1 hour of free time. From Timberline Lodge, head to Hood River Valley. Here, feed baby pygmy goats, get a photo of Mount Hood, purchase local fruit and preserves, taste cider, or buy a huckleberry milkshake. Afterwards, visit downtown Hood River and break for lunch. After lunch, learn about the geological history that shaped the Columbia River Gorge as you drive eastward past windsurfers in the Gorge, before stopping at a viewpoint to admire panoramic views of the Cascades. Next, travel westward through the Columbia Gorge and stop at Multnomah Falls, the tallest waterfall in Oregon, where you can walk up to the Benson Bridge, visit the interpretive center, buy a snack, or peruse the gift shop before heading back to Portland.

From Portland: Columbia Gorge Hike and Winery Lunch

4. From Portland: Columbia Gorge Hike and Winery Lunch

Hike the forests and steppes of the Columbia Gorge, discover the natural and cultural history of the area, and get intimate with the most climatically diverse wine region in the USA on this small-group tour. Together with the other members of your group, learn about the history, terroir, and character of Columbia Gorge wine from your wine industry-honed interpretive guide. This day trip is a customized tour of up to 15 km of hiking, depending on the physicality of the group, 2 tasting room visits, and a visit to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum. In the morning, travel east of Portland as your guide takes you through the dramatic cliffs, terraces, and monoliths of the Columbia Gorge, a sea-level passage through the Cascades, containing the highest density of hanging waterfalls in the world. Stop at a fruit stand or fish stand for a bite to eat if you wish. After spending the morning hiking this sublime landscape, stop for lunch at a boutique winery, where you can taste wine in a historic building with a fascinating story. After lunch, visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, where you can peruse the interpretive displays for more in-depth information on the natural and cultural history of the Columbia Gorge. Afterward, wander through the valleys, terraces, and synclines of the Columbia Gorge wine region, passing through charming little villages, while making another stop at a unique winery. Finally, head back to Portland and get dropped off at your hotel.

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What people are saying about Hood River, Oregon

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

It was a small group in the tour which made for a relaxing and enjoyable trip. The guide was knowledge and told about each area we traveled through and especially the areas we stopped at. She gave many recommendations for lunch so we have a hard time choosing but with it being Sunday some were closed. She kept us on time by tellling how long we had at each stop. I would recommend this adverture to all travelers.

Ezekiel was a wonderful guide. The tour was thoroughly entertaining , informative and worth the money. After driving all day to get to Portland having someone else drive to Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge to see the waterfalls was luxury. I would never have been able to find all these wonderful places on my own.

We loved this day trip so much!!! Dominique was awesome! She was the right amount of talking, fun, and informative. She had great stories and a good speaking voice. I only wish we had more time!! I recommend this tour company and this particular trip to everyone!!!

This was a great experience. The waterfalls were beautiful! It was nice to sit back and view the attractions while someone else drove.